Rayavadee: tropical Thai hideaway

Discover amazing beaches, sunset romance and out-of-this-world dining at Rayavadee on the edge of Krabi's Marine National Park


With a speedboat transfer worthy of any James Bond movie, a honeymoon at Rayavadee on Thailand’s Phranang peninsular instantly sets the scene for a glamorous and indulgent romantic hideaway. So much so, that you can even take a day trip to nearby James Bond Island which is where The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed.


Being a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels Of The World means that five-star luxury is a given – all of the uniquely designed two-story pavilions and private villas are set within 26 acres of gorgeous tropical gardens and are surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs. It’s the perfect escape from the real world.

If you can bear to tear yourselves away from your villa, the three surrounding beaches are breathtaking and perfect for daytime lounging and sunset strolls. Make sure you visit the cave at the end of Phranang beach – it’s beautifully decorated with offerings given by local people to the legendary Princess Goddess who is believed to reside there. And, for those true 007 types, Rayavadee organises plenty of exhilarating trips from diving to rock-climbing and jungle adventures like elephant riding.

With four fabulous restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice deciding where to eat. Walking along a moonlit path to dine overlooking the sea at Krua Phranang is a real one-for-the-memory-books moment. Make sure you save time for a relaxing sundowner at The Grotto, too. Aptly named as it’s nestled within the limestone cliffs and, lit by candlelight, offers the most romantic end to the day.

Thailand is known for its spas, and Rayavadee’s is one of the most luxurious in the country. The extensive choice of therapies all draw on Thai healing traditions and philosophies of well-being – the Hot Stone massage will leave you feeling reborn!

Rayavadee is laid-back glamour at its best – with only Daniel Craig missing. But with your gorgeous new husband by your side, who’d want him there anyway?

Seven nights in a Deluxe Pavilion starts from £1,995pp including two bonus nights, breakfast, transfers and flights with Turquoise Holidays: prices valid until 31 October 2011. For more information, visit Rayavadee.


By Rosalind Matchett